Jazz Brunch 2014 created delicious memories

Jazz Brunch 2014

Jazz Brunch 2014 delivered a beautiful event of food and music in a lovely environment and upheld the tradition of past years. Once again, the weather contributed to the occasion as sunshine spilled over the early autumn landscape, creating a beautiful panorama just outside the plate glass windows of the Crow Valley Golf Club banquet rooms.

HMHI’s Development Committee is grateful to all 2014 Jazz Brunch sponsors, attendees, and all who contributed to making this an event to remember. Enjoy the sights of the brunch in this gallery of images.

HMHI to Hold Fall Benefit Sale October 17-18

Fall Benefit Sale

Look no farther for brand new and gently-used items for you, your family and your home. HMHI’s semi-annual benefit sale of donated items happens on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM both days.

Each item for sale is individually inspected, screened and approved for sale, assuring you of quality products in every area. As in past years, the sale will include furniture, clothing for men, women, children and babies, household goods, craft items, china and glassware, jewelry, books and more.

There’s something for everyone, and our prices can’t be beat.

HMHI Benefit Sale

The Fall Sale features seasonal and holiday items as well as fall and winter clothing. All clothing is sized, sorted and neatly displayed, making shopping convenient and fast.

HMHI utilizes the proceeds from these semi-annual sales to fund programming for single-parent families who are homeless. The sale became a mainstay of funding for the agency early in our 25 year history. From it’s inception as an occasional garage sale, the semi-annual Fresh Start sale has expanded to an ongoing operation at our agency headquarters.

There’s plenty of parking in our lot and on the street for shoppers, and there’s lots of merchandise on the tables ready for sale. Mark your calendar. We look forward to seeing you at the fall sale.

 

2014 HMHI Participant Success [Infographic]

Eight out of ten of our program participants remained in our Transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing programs a minimum of six months. We are pleased that 75% of all families exited our program to enter permanent housing.

HMHI participating familyBetween April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, we served 73 single parent families who were homeless, providing them with secure housing and supportive services and enabling them to regain housing stability.

With the help of our supporters, we will continue to improve the quality of life in our Quad Cities community.

How to Adopt an HMHI Family for Christmas

HMHI family at Christmas

Christmas, a time of giving, is a great time to assist a family experiencing homelessness, and HMHI is pleased to connect you with a family in need. You can provide gifts for a single-parent family or for an individual in our program.

An “Old Fashioned Christmas”

Our theme is “Old Fashioned Christmas,” from the Victorian suggestion that appropriate gifts consist of:

  • Something that you want,
  • Something that you need,
  • Something that you’ll wear,
  • Something that you’ll read.

Each of our participants select four wishes in keeping with this list.

How You Can Help

Contact us if you’d like to choose gifts to make our participants’ wishes come true.

Then drop off the new, unwrapped gifts (or gift cards) at our office no later than December 15. For more information, phone us at 563/326-1330, ext. 105.

adopt family Christmas

Thank you for making this holiday season special for HMHI families!

Sarah Marie Young Ensemble again headlines New Orleans Jazz Brunch

http://youtu.be/m-dah-mJSfE

On the brink of releasing her second solo album in October, Sarah Marie Young‘s ensemble returns to HMHI’s New Orleans Jazz Brunch to entertain with their own special jazz stylings.

The new album, Little Candy Hearts, on SnipRecords, showcases Sarah Marie’s original writing–much of it about love. In the video at the top of this post Sarah discusses her creative processes and gives the listener a few snippets of her upcoming album.

Sarah Marie Young
Sarah Marie Young, seen here performing at the 2013 Jazz Brunch, has repeatedly delighted Quad Cities audiences.

Sarah Marie and her ensemble have been a staple of our jazz brunch from its inception. Each year we’re delighted to bring them back because their music is a hit with our brunch guests. This year Sarah Marie herself must attend a family event and will be unable to perform for us. However, the ensemble will feature another rising vocalist lending novelty and variety to the program.

Tickets are available on our website or at our office. Enjoy live music that supports single-parent families experiencing homelessness at the New Orleans Jazz Brunch, headlined by the Sarah Marie Young Ensemble on September 28.

 

HMHI is calling all volunteers!

volunteers
Volunteers help others, and research shows that they gain health benefits also.

Did you know?

Currently, Iowa ranks #2 in the nation in regard to volunteerism with Iowans volunteering on average 34.2 hours per year.  Statistics show that a threshold of volunteering at least 40 hours per year reaps health benefits.  Those who volunteered with just one organization had a lower risk of mortality.  In addition, volunteering just 16 extra hours annually can add an additional $1 billion worth of services and greatly impact local communities and economies!  We support Governor Branstad’s goal to increase volunteerism to 50 hours per year per person through the What’s Your 50?-Call to Service campaign.  Information taken from Davenport Volunteer Connection website

Would you like to consider volunteering on a regular basis?  Volunteering can be just a couple of hours a month, a week or every day.  We work around our volunteer schedules.  Dress is casual.  Anyone 18 and over can volunteer, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you are looking for a place to feel appreciated and have your valuable time mean something, give us a call!  We will be happy to sit down and discuss opportunities with you!  Together we can make a difference in the QCA!   563-326-1330 x 105

2014 Jazz Brunch Sponsors Announced

2014 New Orleans Jazz BrunchHumility of Mary Housing Inc.’s Development Committee appreciates the support of the sponsors of the 2014 Jazz Brunch. They make the event possible.

Sponsors this year are:

Community Resources Corp

 

Wells Fargo

 

Quad City Bank and Trust

Gary and Becky Whitaker

 

Sedona Group

 

Davenport Optimist Club

East Moline Glass

James H. Laas Company

Mel Foster Commercial

Merrill Lynch

Southeast National Bank

 

The event will be September 28 at the Crow Valley Golf Club. Tickets are $75, available online until September 25 or at our HMHI office. Proceeds of the event will benefit single parent families experiencing homelessness in the Quad Cities.

HMHI earns 2014 Better Business Bureau Integrity Award

2014 BBB Integrity Award
The 2014 BBB Integrity Award is displayed in our office.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. proudly received a 2014 Integrity Award from the Quad City Better Business Bureau on April 10. As a 2014 honoree, Humility of Mary Housing receives public recognition for embodying the ideals of the Better Business Bureau.

“Our mission is to celebrate marketplace role models who uphold trust, reliability and ethics. Certainly these businesses are excellent role models because integrity is at their foundation,” stated Chris Coleman, Better Business Bureau President.

2014 Integrity Award

BBB Integrity Award 2014The 2014 Integrity Award honors the HMHI’s outstanding commitment to fair, honest and ethical marketplace practices.

Since 1993, the Business of Integrity Awards annually “celebrate marketplace role models who exemplify BBB principles and uphold our ideals on trust, reliability and ethics,” according to the Quad City’s Better Business Bureau.

HMHI’s Executive Director Julie Bockenstedt affirmed that integrity is at the heart of the agency’s commitment to the people and community it serves:

Julie Bockenstedt
Julie Bockenstedt

Humility of Mary Housing demonstrates integrity through our relationships with our guests/participants, vendors, funders, donors and community as a whole through ethical interactions and transparent and responsible fiscal and financial policies.

We believe strongly in ensuring that the people we serve are aware of our mission and aware of their own rights as consumers of our services.”

An independent panel of volunteer community leaders selected Humility of Mary Housing and the other 2014 Integrity Award recipients based on criteria established by the Better Business Bureau.

BBB Integrity Award
Leadership of Humility of Mary Housing and Humility of Mary Shelter agencies gathered for a photo to document the occasion as they received the Integrity Award at a special event.

2014 New Orleans Jazz Brunch Benefit

2014 New Orleans Jazz Brunch
2014 New Orleans Jazz Brunch

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. has announced that the date of the upcoming fifth annual New Orleans Jazz Brunch will be Sunday, September 28 this year. Continuing a successful pattern, this year’s Jazz Brunch will again take place at the beautiful Crow Valley Golf Club and will feature the smooth jazz of Sarah Marie Young and her ensemble from Chicago.

CLICK HERE to register online to attend this event. You may also make a secure and easy payment online via PayPal. HMHI’s Development Committee will host another live auction during the Jazz Brunch featuring these local celebrities and special activities:

  • Enjoy a uniquely private lunch for 6-7 with Sister Joan Lescinski, DSJ, Ph.D, President and CEO St. Ambrose University with a wonderful lunch served at the Rogalski Center.
  • Private, after hours tour for 10 at the Mississippi River Distilling Co. and your choice of appetizers provided by Steventon’s. Celebrate by sampling sipirits made with locally gown ingredients while touring the facilities.
  • Extend the deliciousness of the New Orleans Jazz Brunch with a cooking class and dinner for 8-10 guests with James Steffen, Executive Chef, Crow Valley Golf Club.
  • Two Packers’ tickets with private plane transportation.

The brunch menu will include some of the great items from last year’s brunch along with new creations, designed to please.

Tickets are $75, available online or through our agency office. Plan to attend the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Brunch, a benefit that assists single parent families who are experiencing homelessness.

2014 New Orleans Jazz Brunch

Locals select Humility of Mary Housing as a favorite charity

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is pleased to be listed in the top five Charitable/Community Services agencies selected as a favorite by residents of the Quad Cities in the 2014-2015 Locals Love Us Directory.

Locals Love Us logoThe LocalsLoveUs.com directory is a compendium of winners of the popular vote among the Quad City residents in a variety of categories. These directories are available at no cost at many locations around the Quad City areas, including at our offices. The 2014-2015 edition marks the first time this directory is published in our area.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. shares the “most-loved” ranking in its category with Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities/Restore, United Way of Quad Cities Area, American Red Cross, and Salvation Army. We thank our supporters whose votes have ranked us among these powerful national charities.

We are delighted to receive this affirmation from the people of the Quad Cities. Your support has made our work possible, thereby improving the quality of life in our community. Together we are making a difference in the lives of thousands.

LocalsLoveUs.Com

Locals Love Us DirectoryIn addition to charitable and community services, the directory lists favorite Quad City places for fun, dining, travel and lodging, fitness and beauty, shopping, auto, health and medical, money, pets, real estate, weddings and events among others. The directory also provides coupons with special offers for local outlets.

The Quad Cities LocalsLoveUs.com is also found on Twitter and on Facebook.